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San Francisco, San Mateo County, CA June 8, 2010 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Fiona Ma

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Member of the State Assembly; District 12; Democratic Party

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In November, 2006 Fiona Ma was elected to represent the people of California's 12th Assembly District. The district includes San Francisco, Daly City, Colma and Broadmoor. In 2008 she was elected to a second term.

As a former elected member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Assemblywoman Ma hit the ground running in Sacramento. The Speaker appointed Assemblywoman Ma as the Majority Whip, where she was responsible for ensuring the passage of crucial legislation to improve public education, expand healthcare access and protect our environment.

In 2010, Speaker of the Assembly John A. Pérez appointed Assemblywoman Fiona Ma to the leadership position of Speaker pro Tempore. As presiding officer and member of the leadership team, Assemblywoman Ma guides Assembly Members through the daily business of the house, responds to parliamentary inquiries, issue rulings on points of order when necessary, and is responsible for guiding legislative priorities. She also serves on key committees including Agriculture, Business and Professions, Governmental Organization, Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security, and Utilities and Commerce.

Assemblywoman Ma serves as the Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Domestic Violence where she has worked on legislation to protect victims of domestic violence. She has authored groundbreaking legislation to protect young children from dangerous chemicals, help California's working families pay the bills, prevent the spread of Hepatitis B, increase access to quality healthcare, and provide equal rights for all Californians. She has also been a strong advocate for better neighborhoods, authoring laws to combat graffiti, recycling theft and disabled placard abuse.

As a joint author of Proposition 1-A, which was approved by voters in November, 2008, and the convener of the High Speed Rail Caucus, Assemblywoman Ma is also the legislature's leading advocate to bring high speed trains to California.

During her first year in office, landmark legislation was chaptered into law By Governor Schwarzenegger. Assembly Bill 1108 was a first in the nation law that banned the use of toxic chemicals, known as phthalates, in baby products. Her bill was later used as a model in Federal legislation that went into effect in February, 2009.

Assemblywoman Ma is also focused on improving California's bottom line. She has authored legislation to keep jobs in California and grow the state's economy and as an Executive Board Member of the National Conference of State Legislators, she works to keep California competitive with other states.

Assemblywoman Ma received her B.S. from the Rochester Institute of Technology (NY), her M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University (SF), and an MBA from Pepperdine University. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in California.

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